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    #2349272 - 02/18/04 10:48 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The purpose of this document is to link to the available information on the net about the cultivation of Psilocybe azurescens and similar species (Psilocybe cyanescens and related species)


Psilocybe azurescens


Psilocybe cyanescens

The outdoor cultivation of Psilocybe azurescens is somewhat more complicated than that of Psilocybe cubensis, on the other hand it is easier in some aspects since major parts of the cultivation are done outdoors by mother nature.

The requirement for a successful outdoor fruiting is that you live in the correct climate, the Autumns should be cold and moist. Check this document for a listing of the climate zones that make the cultivation of woodlovers possible.

All of the woodloving species mentioned above follow essentially the same cultivation requirements.

The cultivation consists of the following 3 steps:
1. Germination of spores on agar -> Transfer of colonized agar to grains OR
1a. Direct inoculation with spores using a spore syringe on either a PF cake or grains
2. Transfer of the colonized grain or pf cake to pasteurized or sterilized soaked woodchips.
(particularly suitable are smoke chips, beech or alder)
3. Colonized woodchips are used to inoculate an outdoor woodchips bed located in a shady spot in spring. Best are fresh woodchips from deciduous trees(alder, beech, poplar..but any other deciduous wood will work) also spruce and Douglas fir. Dried, soaked woodchips also work. The bed is kept moist throughout the summer, and in September - December a fruiting occurs.

The most accumulated info on cultivation of Psilocybe azurescens can be found at Sporeworks (click on the images to see the individual grow reports), a very good document also at MushMush.

Time line for the cultivation of Psilocybe azurescens

January, February:
Grain spawn preparation.

February, March:
Grain spawn transfer to sterilized wood chips.

March, April, Mai (as soon the snow melts):
Colonized wood chips to outdoor wood chips beds.

October, November, December
Fruiting

Once you have an established patch, you can simply add fresh woodchips to the patch every year and thus extend its lifetime for years.

Useful links:

Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation
Historical P. azurescens
cultivation notes by TEONANACATL

Psilocybe cyanescens Cultivation

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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2349416 - 02/18/04 11:34 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

thanks anno.


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2349424 - 02/18/04 11:34 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Most excellent!  :thumbup:


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2349525 - 02/18/04 11:58 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

i was under the impression that cedar was a decidious hardwood...but it is inadequate for the of this species...could you explain why this wood is not suitable.


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: llamaboy]
    #2349663 - 02/18/04 12:39 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)



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    #2349665 - 02/18/04 12:39 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

cedar is a conifer.


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2349667 - 02/18/04 12:40 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

It doesn't matter if the ground freezes solid during the winter, does it?


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Stipe]
    #2349686 - 02/18/04 12:48 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

No, it doesn?t matter , here in Austria the winter temperatures go up to - 20?C for short periods of time, usually it's around 0?C for about 3 months in winter.


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2349687 - 02/18/04 12:48 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

thank you for the link anno...gland i didn't attempt to use cedar...for some reason it's just hard to find any decent hardwood, even living in the PNW.


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: llamaboy]
    #2349707 - 02/18/04 12:55 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Some suitable tree species:
beech, oak, birch, chestnut, alder, maple, cottonwood, willow, aspen, poplar, elm , spruce, douglas fir, sweet gum, sycamore ...


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2349736 - 02/18/04 01:03 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

but alder or beech are without a doubt the best, right?


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: llamaboy]
    #2350040 - 02/18/04 02:18 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I don?t know about the best, but they are certainly very well suitable and proven to work well.


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    #2350324 - 02/18/04 03:11 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Thank you AnnoIn colder climates are like the first frost comes in October.
Is it possible to plant outdoors when the snow melts'
spawn an outdoor bed in may and fruit in september.
Will that work?


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2350350 - 02/18/04 03:18 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

what about chinese elm?


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: Anno]
    #2350366 - 02/18/04 03:22 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Well what do you know, I was just about to start up some azure spawn. Thanks for the info and links.


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    #2350413 - 02/18/04 03:31 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

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Thank you AnnoIn colder climates are like the first frost comes in October.
Is it possible to plant outdoors when the snow melts'
spawn an outdoor bed in may and fruit in september.
Will that work?




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    #2350495 - 02/18/04 03:47 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

My bed fruited a bit over five months from spawning.

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    #2350825 - 02/18/04 04:50 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I live in the sub tropic's. What ashame.


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Re: Psilocybe azurescens outdoor cultivation [Re: fee]
    #2350891 - 02/18/04 05:03 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

>spawn an outdoor bed in may and fruit in september.
>Will that work?

This could be a bit short, depends on how well the summer conditions are. If you water the bed well in the summer it could be that you are lucky, but there is no guarantee.
If it doesn?t fruit the first year, it will likely fruit the second.


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    #2352960 - 02/19/04 02:51 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Ya I live where its about the zone 4 allmost 5 I dont know if it would work or not hopeing that it would


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